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Case study of viability of bioenergy production from landfill gas (LFG)

Vourdoubas, John; Skoulou, Vasiliki K.

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John Vourdoubas

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Dr Vasiliki Skoulou V.Skoulou@hull.ac.uk
Director of Research in Chemical Engineering ;Lecturer in Chemical Engineering-Bioenergy ; PI of the B3: Biomass waste- Bioenergy- Biochars Challenge Group

Abstract

The landfill gas (LFG) produced from the existing landfill site in Heraklion city, Crete island, Greece, is not currently exploited to its full potential. It could however be exploited for power generation and/or combined heat and power (CHP) production in near future by fully unlocking its energy production potential of the gas generated from the landfill site. This gas (LFG) could feed a 1.6 MWel power plant corresponding to the 0.42% of the annually consumed electricity in Crete. The LFG utilization for power generation and CHP production has been studied, and the economics of three energy production scenarios have been calculated. An initial capital investment of 2.4 to 3.2 M €, with payback times (PBT) of approximately 3.5 to 6 years and Net Present Values (NPV) ranging between 2 to 6 M € have been calculated. These values prove the profitability of the attempt of bioenergy production from the biogas produced from the existing landfill site in Heraklion city, Crete. Based on the current economic situation of the country, any similar initiative could positively contribute to strengthening the economy of local community and as a result the country, offering several other socioeconomic benefits like e.g. waste minimization, creation of new job positions etc. by increasing, at the same time, the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) share in energy production sector etc. Apart from the favorable economics of the proposed waste to energy production scheme, all the additional environmental and social benefits make the attempt of a near future exploitation of the landfill gas produced in Heraklion, an attractive short term alternative for waste to bio-energy production.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 15, 2016
Journal Journal of agricultural science
Print ISSN 1916-9752
Electronic ISSN 1916-9752
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 10
Pages 165-176
Institution Citation Vourdoubas, J., & Skoulou, V. K. (2016). Case study of viability of bioenergy production from landfill gas (LFG). Journal of Agricultural Science, 8(10), 165-176. https://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v8n10p165
DOI https://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v8n10p165
Keywords Economics, Electricity, Heat, Municipal solid waste, Greece
Publisher URL http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jas/article/view/61193
Copyright Statement Copyright (c) 2016 Journal of Agricultural Science

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Journal of agricultural science, 2016, v.8, issue 10

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